Daylight Saving Time is a great reminder to regularly change the batteries in your smoke detector!
It’s almost Daylight Saving Time! While you may remember to set your clocks back, you may overlook another important household task. When it comes to safety in your home, your fire alarm may rank as the first on the list. The US Fire Administration suggests that you test your smoke detectors regularly to ensure your smoke detector will work properly to alert you with enough time to evacuate. Most smoke detectors are battery powered; however, even hardwired detectors usually incorporate back-up batteries in case of electrical failure. Whether your alarms are hardwired or exclusively use batteries, both kinds of detectors require battery replacement. Factors such as frequently setting off your detector while cooking; detectors giving off false alarms; or your detector emitting short beeps may wear out the battery life of your alarm faster. Because of short battery life, batteries should be replaced at least twice a year. Daylight Saving Time is a great way to help you remember to keep up with changing the batteries – just remember to change them when you set back your clocks in the fall, and again when you set you clock forward in the spring. Generally, most smoke detectors may be tested by following the tips below, but you should review your smoke detector’s user manual for information on changing the batteries and directions on how to test your specific smoke detector.
Just thinking your detectors are working fine can be a dangerous assumption. Taking a few minutes to check them can save your life in a dire situation. Just remember – when you change your clocks, change the batteries in your smoke detectors!
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